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University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteers are on-hand to answer Minnesotan's questions about home flower gardens, vegetable and fruit gardens, landscape design and maintenance, seed starting, garden soil, composting, and pest management.

(This group currently has 11 experts available to answer questions)

Questions asked to this group

soil tested

How do I go about getting my soil tested? Tomatoes and cucumbers are affected by wilting. Some zinnias as well this year. Other vegetables are OK.

Scott County Minnesota Posted 17 minutes ago

Newspaper seed pots

Stupid question.... the kids and i want to make some origami paper seed pots this winter for a fun craft project. Does it need to be newspaper ? Would colored printer paper take too long to decompose? How about glossy wrapping paper ? Thank you ! Save the bees !!

Hennepin County Minnesota Posted about 21 hours ago

Better picture

This is the same girl with the tiny black bug question I just wrote you about. Here is another picture that is a little clearer, and I believe is the top side of the bug. You can sort'of see the colors of this bug.

Otter Tail County Minnesota Posted about 22 hours ago

Best time to transplant upright Yew and Butterfly Magnolia?

Hello! I'm looking to transplant my upright yew shrub and butterfly magnolia shrub to other parts of my lawn. I live in South Minneapolis (East Harriet Neighborhood) and both plants are about 4 years old. The new location for the yew is only about 20 ft from it's current location, and will have the same type of light exposure and soil. Its about 7" in diameter and seems to grow well in it's current soil. The magnolia has only started to bloom this past spring, and only had 4 blossoms. It's starting to form many more flower buds now so I expect a better bloom next spring (unless I move it now of course, I am prepared to have to wait a few more years to see blooms again). It's about 6" in diameter. It would be moving from the back yard (facing west, with plenty of southern exposure) to the front yard (facing east, with less southern exposure but still plenty of light). I'm wondering what time of year is best to do this? And any tips to ensure they are healthy and happy in their new locations? Thanks! -Leah Comfort

Hennepin County Minnesota Posted 1 day ago

Preserving perennial plants around a dying tree

When is the best time to have a dying 25 year old maple tree removed and preserve perennial plants around the tree. Hosta plants, geraniums and yew that are about 2 x 3 feet from base of tree.. Is winter the best time when plants are dormant, and can survive the trauma or spring and remove plants and replant. Stump to be ground out also.

Hennepin County Minnesota Posted 1 day ago

When to install a septic blanker

I bought a septic blanket and want to know if I need to wait until the grass has gone dormant due to frost before I place the blanket. I am concerned that if I place the blanket too soon the lack of sunlight might kill the grass. Thank you

Mille Lacs County Minnesota Posted 1 day ago

when to stop watering my lawn

with all the rain we have had this month, when should I blow down my sprinkler system for the season?

Anoka County Minnesota Posted 1 day ago

when to stop watering my lawn

we have had over 5" of rain this month plus its raining right now. when should I quit watering for this year? The grass goes dormant at some time right! I want to blow down my sprinkler system but I don't know when to stop watering my lawn.

Anoka County Minnesota Posted 1 day ago

Should the lower branches of an evergreen tree be cut off?

We sometimes see evergreen trees whose lower branches have been cut off. Is this a good, bad or neutral idea? A picture of our tree is attached. Do you have a recommendation? Thank you!

Hennepin County Minnesota Posted 1 day ago

grass with no root system

The grass roots just seem to spread across the top of the ground. When I rake it rolls up like it has been scalped.

Carver County Minnesota lawns and turf horticulture Posted 1 day ago